Banner Hung at Fenway: "Racism Is As American as Baseball"

'Racism is as American as baseball' banner dropped over Red Sox's Green Monster

The ejection of four people rather than five was because of the fifth group member's distance inside the stadium.

The sign was displayed for about one at-bat during the fourth inning until the umpires asked for it to be taken down because it was in fair territory.

The banner was only up on the famed green wall for a few minutes before security confiscated it and removed the people responsible for displaying it, according to Deadspin.

Baseball fans online were left confused after protesters in the stands at Fenway Park unfurled an ambiguously written banner about racism over the scoreboard on Wednesday night. "But in terms of the messaging and what was felt, I don't know if we know the group that might have been behind it".

Three people reportedly unfurled the banner for several minutes during Wednesday night's game, an act that a group of activists says was created to send a message of antiracism to as wide an audience as possible. "Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes".

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"We see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it's actually an extremely segregated city", the protester said.

Fenway Park has a long history of racism, with opposing players hearing racial slurs shouted from the crowd, so the protesters picked a ideal spot to deliver their message loud and clear. "So we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that".

CSN NE also reported that a fifth member of the group was inside Fenway Park at the time, but was not ejected due to their distance from the incident.

It follows an incident in which Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones claimed to have been called the "n-word" and had peanuts thrown at him at a game at Boston's stadium early in the season.

A USA military veteran was being honored by the Red Sox as the banner was unfurled, but the protester told Drellich that timing was coincidental. A street outside of the iconic ballpark bearing his name was recently in the headlines as current 'Sox owner John Henry said he was working to have the street named due to Yawkey refusal to integrate African American players onto his team during the 40's and 50's.

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